Movers associations, be they national or international, hold their member moving companies to high standards. Therefore, they are a very good place to go to find a household removal specialist in your area. Nothing could be worse than to arrive at your new home overseas to find your items (and family memories) have been lost, stolen, or damaged.
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AMSA American Moving and Storage Association
is the U.S. national trade association for the professional moving industry. Represents 3,200 moving companies and suppliers. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.
BAR British Association of Removers - The Overseas Group is a collective of companies under the BAR banner who deal specifically with overseas relocation. BAR sets professional standards for the industry and, more specifically, it's overseas removal service providers. It not only offers information and advice to both removers and customers, but also acts as a complaints and disputes resolution service. As well as UK members, BAR Overseas also incorporates many overseas removers. Many of its removal company members deal with all facets of overseas relocation, from shipping and storage to finding schools and housing.
EuRA European Relocation Association With four major bases across Europe, EuRA is an industry organisation which oversees and the standards and policies of removal companies. Relocation service providers are required to abide by EuRA's rules of conduct, ensuring customers receive both reliable and fair service, and experience only the highest levels of professionalism.
IAM International Association of Movers Formerly Household Goods Forwarders Association of America. A non-profit global trade association representing over 2000 quality movers and related service providers in over 170 countries worldwide. Founded 1962, headquarters in Washington, DC.
ISA International Shippers Association Cooperative buying group for international movers. Affliated with HHGFAA and IAM. Headquartered in Washington, DC.
OMNI Overseas Moving Network International represents 260 companies in 70 countries. All OMNI members work to the FAIM (FIDI Accredited International Mover) quality standard. FAIM is monitored and administer by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young to ensure that the top standards of service are adhered to at all times.
FIDI International Federation of International Movers (Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux) is a global organisation representing over 730 professional international moving companies in more than 100 countries.
LACMA Latin American & Caribbean International Movers Association represents professional movers from Latin America, the Caribbean, United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Middle East and Far East.
PAIMA Pan American International Movers Association includes list of members, board of directors, member application, and convention registration.
IATA The International Air Transport Association is an international trade organization of airlines headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
PMOI The Packers Movers Organization India is an Indian Association of Packers and Movers / Household Goods Movers with headquartered in Delhi, India. They don't appear to have a website but you can contact them by clicking through to this page.
AIMA Australian International Movers Association provides a means for the international removal industry in Australia to govern itself, improve services, deal as one in its relations with Government Departments such as Customs and Quarantine, to provide an independent disputes tribunal and to protect the interests of the public. AIMA is recognised as the FIDI Association in Australia.
CAM Canadian Association of Movers is Canada’s trade association representing moving and storage companies. Members include movers and relocation companies, van lines, international movers both in Canada and overseas, suppliers to the industry and trade associations in other countries. Purpose is to further the interests of owner-managed moving and storage companies, by assisting consumers to access credible, professional moving services.
Additional sources: Wikipedia and StartUpOverseas.co.uk